Did Hannah Die?

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Looking for the death of a Hannah BROWN or Hannah JORDAN (plus variants)  from Q3 1842 to Q2 1861 in the Weardale, Hexham, Alston, Teesdale, Auckland and Durham Registration Districts to see if any could be my ancestor.

First looking for the death of Hannah BROWN – we find 25 fitting our parameters.

Ref Source and Reason to Reject
Q3 1842
Hexham
25 163
Death Certificate
dd Coalcleugh, 13 July 1842, aged 73 yrs
Born ~1769, widow of Robert Brown
Q3 1845
Hexham
25 159
Death Certificate
dd Turney Shield, Allendale, 31 Aug 1845, aged 60 yrs
Born ~1785. Widow of Isaac Brown
Q4 1845
Durham
24 56
Burial Transcript (DRO)
bu Tanfield, St Margaret, 3 Dec 1845, aged 66 yrs
Born ~1779
Q2 1846
Weardale
24 250
Burial Transcript (DRO) – dd Hill Top, 3 Jun 1846, aged 29, Bap Trnscrpt bap of daughter Hill Top, 6 Jul 1843 to John and Hannah. Wife of John Brown
Q1 1847
Weardale
24 279
Burial Transcript (DRO)
bu Hill Top, Stanhope, 1 Apr 1847, aged 3 yrs
Born ~1844
Q4 1849
Durham
24 76
Burial Transcript (DRO)
bu Tanfield, St Margaret, 11 Nov 1849, aged 70 yrs
Born ~1779
Q4 1849
Teesdale
24 270
Burial Transcript (DRO)
bu Eggleston, Holy Trinity, 30 Nov 1849, aged 67 yrs
Born ~1782
Q3 1850
Hexham
25 187
Burial Transcript (LDS)
bu Corbridge, 11 Aug 1850, aged 49 yrs.
bn ~1801
Q3 1850
Weardale
24 224
Death Certificate
dd New Meadows, Stanhope, 1 Aug 1850, aged 36 yrs
Wife of John Brown
Q2 1851
Weardale
24 254
Burial Transcript (DRO)
bu Wolsingham, 25 Apr 1851, Infant
Infant in 1851
Q3 1851
Teesdale
24 247
Burial Transcript (LDS)
bu Barnard Castle, 25 Aug 1851, aged 6 yrs
Born ~1845
Q1 1852
Durham
10a 120
Death Certificate
dd Pittington, 18 Jan 1852, aged 2 months
Born 1851. Daughter of William
Q3 1852
Weardale
10a 85
Burial Transcript (DRO)
bu Stanhope, 13 Jul 1852, aged 26 yrs
Born ~1826
Q4 1853
Weardale
10a 41
Burial Transcript (DRO)
bu Wolsingham 10 Dec 1853, aged 5 yrs
Born ~1848
Q4 1853
Teesdale
10a 76
1851 Census – HO107/2387 Fo 619 Pg 6
Residence: Middleton, Aged 47 yrs
Born ~1803. Wife of Robert Brown
Q2 1854
Durham
10a 120
Burial Transcript (DRO)
bu Durham, St Oswald, 29 Jun 1854, aged 77
Born ~1777
Q1 1855
Hexham
10b 142
Death Certificate
dd Wylam, 18 Mar 1855, aged 75 yrs
Born ~1779. Wife of Thomas Brown
Q1 1857
Hexham
10b 126
Death Certificate
dd Fairle, Whittonstall, 16 Mar 1857, aged 78 yrs
Born ~1778. Widow of Ralph Brown
Q2 1858
Durham
10a 132
Death Certificate
dd Shotley Villa, Benfieldside, 14 Jun 1858, aged 40 yrs
No reason to reject found.
Q3 1858
Auckland
10a 80
Burial Transcript (DRO)
bu Auckland, St Andrew, 19 Sep 1858, aged 0
Born ~1858
Q4 1858
Durham
10a 123
Death Certificate
dd Whitelea Head, Tanfield, 29 Nov 1858, aged 11 months
Born ~1858. Daughter of William Brown
Q1 1859
Auckland
10a 68
Burial Transcript (DRO)
bu Hunwick, 6 Jan 1859, aged 47 yrs
bn ~1811
Q2 1860
Durham
10a 143
Burial Transcript (DRO)
bu Pittington, St Laurence, 8 Apr 1860, aged 84 yrs
bn ~1775
Q2 1861
Teesdale
10a 128
Death Certificate
dd Mickleton, 18 Jun 1861, aged 45 yrs
Wife of John
Q2 1861
Hexham
10b 162
Death Certificate
dd Flake Gate, Allendale, 23 May 1861, aged 62 yrs
Born ~1798. Wife of Thomas Brown

Searching for Hannah J*RD*N gives no results in the area and period of interest.

So we are left with one possibility, the Hannah BROWN who died at Shotley Villa, Benfieldside on 14 Jun 1858, aged 40 years. This lady might be the Hannah BROWN who appears on the 1841 and 1851 censuses living with and working for the WILLIAMS family at Framwellgate. If so she clearly wouldn’t be the Hannah BROWN we seek, but this is just a possibility not a certainty, so we still need to look closely at this lady.

Her death certificate tells us that she died of Continued Fever (Brucellosis) on 14th June 1858 at Shotley Villa, a large house at Shotley Bridge, where she’d been housekeeper, and she was the right age, 40, for an 1818 birth. There’s nothing on the certificate which would eliminate Hannah as as candidate to be my ancestor, but when I thought about this for a moment I realised that the only reason I couldn’t eliminate this person was that, apart from her name and age, the certificate tells us nothing whatsoever about Hannah. It doesn’t give her marital status, it doesn’t mention her father or husband.  So here was a Hannah Brown who could be my ancestor, but there’s really absolutely nothing to link this lady with the Hannah widowed back in Boltsburn 15 years earlier.

The 1861 census reveals that the then occupants of Shotley Villa were  an elderly couple, John and Hannah NICHOLSON. Presumably this couple had been Hannah BROWN’s employers. The census also revealed an interesting fact – Hannah NICHOLSON had been born in Weardale. Here was a link back to the Boltsburn area.

70 year-old John NICHOLSON is described as a “House and Land Proprietor” on the 1861 census, but I wondered what he’d done earlier. I found him on the 1851 census, and there he was said to be a “Proprietor of Lead Mine”!

Of course that could just be a coincidence, and I’ve no idea which mine John owned, but I can’t help wondering if  John NICHOLSON had been Thomas BROWN’s employer at Boltsburn Mine, and when he was looking for a housekeeper for his new (1855) house at Shotley Bridge, he’d felt empathy towards Hannah BROWN, the widow of his former employee, and had given her the job.

That, of course, is just idle speculation, I still have nothing concrete to link this Hannah BROWN with my ancestor, indeed, as we’ve seen, there’s a possible spanner in the works – she might be the lady who worked for the WILLIAMS family at Framwellgate in 1841 and 1851 and therefore not my ancestor.  But we can’t definitely equate Hannah the 1858 housekeeper with Hannah the 1851 washing maid, so we cannot rule out the possibility that Hannah the housekeeper,  was the lady we seek.

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